ANOKA, Minn. -- Dozens of people gathered in Anoka this week to talk about the culture of violence and what can be done to stop it.
The event was held Thursday morning at the Anoka Hennepin Staff Development Center and sponsored by the Compassion Action Network. The program coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Foundation spoke about crimes against children. District 11 Superintendent Dennis Carlson also addressed the crowd.
Carlson says, "What I see around me is a culture of disrespect from the top down. It seems our job as a school system is to cure the ills of society and turn out young adults who are career and college ready and then become well-informed tax paying citizens, all of that in a world where abuse, harassment, bullying and violence are rampant in today's society."
The goal of Thursday's forum was to inspire Anoka County residents to take an active role in preventing and managing violence.
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